Looe RNLI volunteers assist a yacht experiencing steering problems

Lifeboats News Release

After encountering steering problems and drifting in a strong offshore wind, approximately one and a half miles out from Looe, a yacht, on passage to Looe was towed into port by Looe RNLI volunteer crews

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II establishing the tow

RNLI/Dave Haines

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II establishing the tow

This lunchtime, Tuesday 14 July, a yacht which was on passage to Looe, contacted the Looe harbour master to say they were experiencing problems with the yacht’s steering and were drifting in a strong offshore wind out in Looe bay. The harbour master contacted Dave Haines, our Lifeboat Operations Manager, who went out in his own boat to offer assistance. Dave found the yacht approximately one and a half miles out in Looe bay with four persons on board. Dave attempted to tow the yacht, but with the yacht’s rudder stuck hard to port he made little headway. With the yacht skippers’ approval Dave updated Falmouth Coastguard on the situation and paged our RNLI volunteer crew to launch the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to assist.

Our crew pagers sounded at 12.49 pm and shortly after the Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II helmed by Matt Jaycock with crew Clive Palfrey, Victoria Thomas and Aaron Rix headed out of the river. Arriving on scene the crew took over the tow from Dave Haines and made their way back to Looe. As they approached Looe our crew were concerned about manoeuvring the yacht with a disabled rudder into the narrow river entrance, so they requested the assistance of Looe’s D Class inshore lifeboat. At 1.19 pm helm Brian Bowdler with crew Jack Spree and Alastair Pearn launched the Ollie Naismith to assist. Both inshore lifeboats took the yacht to a mooring on West Looe Quayside from where the rudder could be inspected. With the casualty yacht safely moored, both lifeboats returned to station where they were cleaned, washed down and refuelled ready for their next service.

Shore crew today were head launcher Nick Pope, with tractor drivers Paul Barley and Eric Candy.

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Notes to editors

Photos:

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II establishing the tow
Photo credit RNLI / Dave Haines

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith with the casualty yacht
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith with the casualty yacht returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

Information

· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

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For more information please telephone Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or looelpo@ianfoster.com or ian_foster@rnli.org.uk

or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

or Marianne Quinn, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith with the casualty yacht

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith with the casualty yacht
Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith with the casualty yacht returning to Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith with the casualty yacht returning to Looe

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